the chambered self
scans through the window; the tribe waxes
hand spans in red ocher and the spirited quadrupeds;
paleolithic flutes chant
in bullroar drone,
Picasso bulls and equine splendor
Spastic shadows dance in the limestone jaws acoustical:
the mystical rivers wait,
the cave teeth drip,
the anteroom priest flows through dreamtime
In a mammoth tusk emerges the dawnlight of beauty
impressed in miniature,
streamlined from the bulbous Great Mother.
spirits connect the Bushmen to pithecus savanna,
patchy with umbrella trees,
the ground clawed tight;
pollen escapes grassfire smoke skyward:
Wrathful sirens wail over waves, the ruins in moonlight:
the Minoan labyrinth
housing the bull
under flapping sails| with longitude,
out of darkness: the taurine jump over the cratered moon.
Bronze-age warrior culture of
immortalized in Homeric hymn,
anointed from stony Arabian navigation —
desert gardens watered by cisterns,
\ oasis /.
Towers look toward heaven, the plazas toward the king:
Time-capsule art reveals lost cultures
buries or jungles strangle the structures quelling nature.
Pyramids and hieroglyphs,
war in the words
of codices on the Mayan steps
for Quetzalcoatl to rise over each new kingdom.
Sometimes the artisans
bleak, and walk back into the forest,
by the bestial wilderness where the sun sets early.